Excerpt from The Patrician, Vol. 4 But how did the young forsaken wife support the neglect of the faithless wanderer? Had she forgotten him? Had she ceased to love him? No! Such is t woman' a nature. Woman worships to the last the idol of her heart, though the beauty of the shrine he ﬂed, leaving rt a broken and deserted ruin. Day after day, she awaited his promised letters, till at length wearied with disappointment her spirits sank; doubts of Edmund's truth were the last to present themselves to her mind, but too soon they did come in all their bitterness. Indignation at first swelled her gentle bosom, but tenderness and love soon resumed their place, and left her mourning over the past in fruitless sorrow. It almost broke her fond uncle' s heart to see his sweet Rose evidently drooping, her cheek so pale, - her eyes dim with tears, - the music of her voice hushed to silence, - he.r health rapidly declining. She was a blighted ﬂower fading away even in the morning of spring. The physician (an old friend of her uncle's) whom he called on to attend her, could t minister to a mind diseased. He recommended change of air and scene as absolutely necessary to arrest, if possible, the malady which threatened her. Her uncle had some military friends in Plymouth, and thither he purposed going, for a while, and trying the effects of the southern climate of England on his beloved child. Those only, who have felt the lingering death of hope, and the soul sickening pangs of suspense, can kw how surely they undermine health and strength. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.